Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
I have a beautiful french lavender I was given - or at least I think that's what it is? It's the one with the butterfly flowers on the tips! It flowered profusely last year and again this year but it seems to have stopped flowering now and the tips have gone a beige colour like it's dying back. Could it just be the heat? It has also gone a bit floppy. I do water it as even though they're supposed to be Mediterranean plants they still need to drink!! Should I cut back this lavender like you would the hidcote variety? When is the right time to do this? Do you think this lavender will perk up or is it just the end of its season. It's been flowing since March!!
If it's gone over, cut it back. The French Lavenders can go floppy as the tops are quite heavy and if it's grown in quite rich soil which I have seen many in pots, they can droop in extreme heat. But they're fine. Cut it all off once finished. They should definitely perk up next spring. Make sure they're not left in temperatures below -5 to -10c for long periods, then it should be fine. If they're grown in pots, huddle them with other pots or place near a warm wall.
Thanks borderline that's a relief!! Will follow your advice and will look forward to flowers next year!